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Before the ceremony

Students may take a photo with their fellow graduates before the ceremony during line-up. Parents/guests will enter campus, and proceed to the Quad area, where they will be seated. 

Laurie Leshin giving diploma to student
President Laurie Leshin handing diploma to graduating student.

During the ceremony

Guests may not leave their seats during the ceremony, out of respect for the audience, and due to COVID-19 social distancing expectations. This will be strictly enforced.

PLEASE NOTE:  We know that Parents and Guests want that perfect picture! WPI will be providing each student two digital photos taken by a professional photographer. One photo will be when they receive their diploma from President Leshin, and the second photo will be on Stage Right, where they may remove their mask (if wearing a mask) and pose with their diploma cover. 

GradImages is the company that will take a photograph of every graduate receiving his or her diploma. For more information about the photo service, you may call Customer Service at 1-800-261-2576, online at or email

WPI videotapes and streams live all the ceremonies from several vantage points. A complete, high-quality video of each ceremony will be available for downloading within two weeks at

After the Ceremony

Students and parents/friends may wish to take photos at many of the traditional areas on campus, such as Earle Bridge, Higgins House, the Gompei Statue, and Boynton Hall. Another great location to catch up with faculty and friends is the Community BBQ, occurring immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.